Ellon finish dissapointing season with a flourish

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Ellon finished their Caley 2 North season with a flourish at the Meadows where they made life very uncomfortable for relegation threatened Lochaber.

The Fort William side must now win one of its two last games if they are to avoid going down after losing 74 - 0 to a rejuvenated home side.

“This was a great performance to finish the season.” Said Gareth Kemp, Ellon’s director of rugby.

“Our play has really come together in the run in to what has been a very difficult campaign.

“The introduction of our Under 18’s after the Christmas break boosted us, but that’s to take nothing away from the older players who have been the backbone of the side.

“In particular I would like to thank Neil Scott and John Keith who are both retiring from senior rugby,’’

By the end of the season Ellon looked a more organised, purposeful side which was reflected in its 12 try rout of a Fort William side who look bound for Caley 3 North.

Ellon had the game won by half time after easing into a 25 - 0 lead, but did the real damage in the second period when they cut loose to score a further 49 points, running straight, while dominating the set pieces.

Elsewhere in the division Deeside celebrated its promotion in style at Banchory where the demolished Shetland, racking up 79 unanswered points.

Garioch who completed their programme last weekend will now look to next season after pushing Deeside all the way in what turned out to be the most competitive of divisions, but will be wary of the challenge of Aberdeen Wanderers who stormed into second place after a poor start to their campaign.

For their part Ellon will look to hit the ground running, given their early season form which had them fighting relegation for most of the season.

The clubs in Caley 2 will likely be joined by Mackie Academy FP’s who should be confirmed as relegate from Caley 1 this Saturday unless they can beat third placed Glenrothes by more than 100 points.

Meanwhile, in Caley 3, Highland 2nd Xv are looking most likely to come up but are being chased all the way by Banff.

Aberdeen University are also still in with a shout but have to make the most of their four games in hand over the leaders.